Ubisoft decided after the release of Syndicate to give the Assassin’s Creed franchise a one-year break. At least within gaming you know, we got that horrendous movie in 2016 but either way.
This break was needed this franchise had been suffering from fatigue for a long time but anyway for the last couple of days thanks to Ubisoft.
I recommend this game only for the gameplay experience. The story is not well developed as well as not much development for characters.
Other than that, the combat system is great, the loot system in place is very fair (except for the game trying to bait into micro-transactions), there is a ton of things to do.
If the story was stronger, I would have recommended as must own game. The gameplay is very enjoyable and that is why I had a ton of fun. I got it digitally for the PS4 from Amazon.
I have been exploring the ancient Egyptian world with Bayek. Amid Jay who was suffering on the inside following a tragic event that changes his life.
Assassin’s Creed Origins is a massive game that really is filled with so much detail and is a ton of fun exploring this ancient Egyptian setting.
This is a title that you are going to be playing for a very long time. It is an experience you should not really just run through.
From exploring the cities of Memphis or Alexandria to hunt for loot. In the Pyramids of Giza, battling crocodiles or hippos, to the Lake Mary Otis.
This world is filled with so many different places than you would expect. When I first looked at the world map after already playing for around 15 plus hours, I realized I wasn’t even halfway through exploring this world.
This is something that I really can appreciate.
Ubisoft really pulled it off with the massive scale graphics. On the PlayStation 4, it was pretty darn good in certain areas.
It did seem like it was down skilled in certain areas but I also think that contributes to a large amount of non-playable characters and locations loaded up the environment.
Overall is just really impressive a true work of art giving us, the players, a chance to look at an ancient civilization. See it as somewhat appeared long ago whether it was large palaces or small huts or even just the water.
This game is one of the most beautiful open-world games to date which truly immerses the player into the world.
Assassin’s Creed Origins really does feel like a game that draws inspiration from a lot of other popular open-world titles, such as Shadow of Mordor at The Witcher 3, Horizon Zero Dawn, Skyrim, Watchdogs, and Far Cry.
The gameplay for origins has been completely reworked and it certainly is something that takes time to get used to.
I’m still very mixed on the changes because it does not come off as fluid and fun as it should be.
Also, it certainly gives me weird feeling playing an Assassin’s Creed game that plays really nothing like any of its predecessors. However, that may just be me just me.
The adrenaline meter is also a newly introduced feature that is earned as you combat enemies.
Building it up earned special devastating attacks which I actually did find very enjoyable.
And it also helped me get away from certain situations where I probably would from not having something like that. The big thing about Origins is that you will always be upgrading your gear.
As the game progresses the more difficult it will get. The one thing that can be really frustrating as you may get one shot by an enemy that is two to three ranks higher than you.
If an enemy is two to three ranks higher than you, the game makes it a real obstacle for you to get through them.
I was able to find enjoyment from hunting down animals and taking on large groups of soldiers this game.
I would say is much more challenging than previous installments making you really want to strategize before each mission. Senu is a great addition as she finds targets and can help you distract enemies.
But as I mentioned earlier upgrading your gear is a major part of this game. That is why almost every time I reached a new town, I would head straight to the blacksmith to upgrade my weapons.
Hunting also plays a major factor with some of the other things like health, melee hidden blade and ranged damage.
These things all being upgraded as you rank up but it is very important that you upgrade it yourself and while you can.
Do it with coins for weapons. You can also do this with need animal skins and pelts. Senu’s drone eyes can easily find it, as she looks over the map.
Next, we have his abilities or our skill tree a system very similar to Watchdogs. In Origins, we have three trees to choose from warrior, hunter, and seer.
All these abilities are extremely helpful but I found myself using the hunter and warrior trees more than the seer. Some of my personal favorite abilities are the weapon in bow bearer skills.
It allows for an additional equipped weapon and also the elite Ranger. Which reminded me of Shadow of Mordor’s slow-motion.
While shooting arrows combat either way there are tons of options for each type of player progression.
In this game is overall a grind fest, which forces you into completing side quests and activities that earn large amounts of experience. This would not be too much of an issue of the main quest didn’t rely on levels.
This is something that is not uncommon in gaming, but in this case, you are forced to do other activities that you may not want to do.
At those times, for example, I had just finished the main quest at level 25 and the next main quest was only available at level 28.
The game forced me into grinding a side quest which offered the most experience. I then ended up doing about 6 or 7 side quests.
Finally jumping into the main storyline, some this may be something that you’ll enjoy because the side quests are amazing with a lot of variation.
At least within the storyline, my biggest issue with this is being forced to do these activities. This takes away from the story experience.
A lot of the activities that I was forced to do are things that I wanted to do later on but the game.
The music of the game is amazing. It really felt like it was only part of my travels at times. I think if they included it all the time would have made long travels across the desert a little bit more enjoyable.
Voice acting, for the most part, is solid. I really love the accents of all these characters and how authentic they sound but some of the performances kind of left me scratching my head.
There was also a few scenes which were really supposed to be emotional but because of the lack of a cutscene.
The in-game interaction it really took me out of it and made me not really care about the situation.
The main storyline, Bayek serves as a police officer like character. Also, as a man searching for revenge against an ancient order.
Throughout the game, you take down this order little by little working with your wife Aya. Also, you are helping her to help Cleopatra gain the throne.
The first half of the game Bayek and Aya relationship is very minimal. I swear every time they met up it was just to have sex.
In the second, there is half sheds more light on their relationship and their struggles and modern day.
We play as Leila and Abstergo employee who really doesn’t get much backstory. Unless you read through her emails on her computer.
This sheds a lot more light on who she is and what she’s doing. Either way this for sure is the most interesting modern day has been in recent years.
This has practically been ignored over all the writing.
The main stories just kind of alright. There are certainly moments of intrigue in the main storyline with unexpected twists.
For the most part, Bayek just is not all that interesting as a protagonist. I found Aya much more compelling and I kind of wish she had been the main protagonist.
Towards the end:
As you get closer to the end of the game it seems the main story suffers from just not developing the plot of the story well enough.
Slow pacing at times. Certain villains that were introduced and their impact on the story just never realized. And that is because of the lack of character development.
Something that you could say this franchise has had trouble with all along some. Last things I do want to note is that there is a lot of bugs so do not be surprised.
May Have Lots of Bugs
At times, I ended up having to restart the game to finish this quest. There was a ton of more bugs frame-drops. And even a few crashes on my PS4.
There are also loot boxes and in-game micro-transactions that can help you progress through the game faster.
In the form of getting extremely good weapons. Luckily, I did not find myself once looking at the store so it doesn’t seem to be something thrown in your face.
Although looking at the grind in the game, it would not be a surprise that the micro-transactions are only there for that reason.
Assassin’s Creed Origins(Amazon link) is a game that I recommend.
However, if you’re looking for a strong story-driven experience, you may be let down. This game does provide a massive fun world to interact with and explore within Assassin’s Creed is backstory.
Even if this game doesn’t fully deliver on what most of us wished for. The potential is there and has me excited for the future.